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    By Anne Summers. Illustration by Simon Bosch. There’s a very strange thing happening in American politics and I’m not talking about Donald Trump. Rather, it is the way that so many Americans are now taking a second, and more favourable, look at their President. After seven bruising years in the job, and struggling – and for the most part  failing – to … Read More

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  • Lang is Right

      By Anne Summers   Illustration: Dionne Gaine Consider this scenario. The economy has shrunk by 10 per cent;unemployment is 31 per cent; the government can’t pay its public servants and so defaults on its foreign debt. Sound familiar? Greece 2015. Right? Wrong. We are talking New South Wales. 1932. On 29 January, Jack Lang, the incendiary and one-of-a-kind state … Read More

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    By Anne Summers     Illustration: Simon Letch The similarities between Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s efforts to counter terrorism and those of his predecessor in the 1950s, Robert Menzies, to ban the Communist Party. The parallels between Tony Abbott’s bid to strip dual-nationality alleged terrorists of their Australian citizenship and those of his political godfather, Robert Menzies, 55 years ago … Read More

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    By Anne Summers        Illustration: Simon Bosch It was a mistake to think Tony Abbott and his ministers were serious about child care. Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his cabinet colleagues have talked so much about wanting to encourage women, especially mothers, to increase their workforce participation that I’d started to believe they were serious. I was ready … Read More

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  • By Anne Summers Women pay a very high price for striving for equality, and religions offer no support. Hilariously, Pope Francis has come out in favour of equal pay for women, saying it was a “pure scandal” that women received less money than men for doing the same work. Not that the Vatican need worry about having to do a … Read More

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    By Anne Summers Illustration: Simon Bosch I wasn’t there. I wasn’t brave enough to join those 300 women who marched on Anzac Day in Sydney in 1983 “in memory of all women in all countries raped in all wars” as their banner expressed it. They were abused and vilified and large numbers were arrested. It took immense courage to be there, and to … Read More

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    Illustration: Simon Bosch By Anne Summers Until very recently German Chancellor Angela Merkel didn’t “do” gender. “That’s really not Angela’s kind of thing!” IMF chief Christine LaGarde said of the German Chancellor in an interview with the Financial Times last September.  “I have never ever spoken to her about gender. It’s not her.” Nevertheless, just six months later Merkel’s government … Read More

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  • Faith and Feminism

    ChristineFaith and FeminismPosted by Anne Summers on 03 March 2015

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    Friends of Faith I am going to talk today about Faith and feminism. I am going to pay tribute today to a part of Faith Bandler’s life that is not as widely known as the many other things for which she is rightly famous and for which she is remembered and honoured. Fighting for women’s rights was a constant in … Read More

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      This is one of the great speeches of the modern era: a US President invoking the progress of Blacks, women, gays, immigrants and other previously disempowered groups as a measure of American progress. President Obama marked 50 years since the brutality of the march on Selma by redefining the United States as a country for all. It is well … Read More

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    We must do whatever is needed to end this crime wave – and now. As we celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, it is heartening to know there is agreement in Canberra on what needs to be done to achieve full gender equality. In her speech to the National Press Club on Wednesday, Senator Michaelia Cash, who is Minister Assisting … Read More

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